Thank you, Mr. Chair.
First of all, I want to start by saying, thank you so much. You came here tonight expecting to support your community and the witnesses we had planned. After hearing your testimony, we couldn't have had a better panel if we had planned it. Your outlining of the concerns of your community, the concerns of what is happening in Tigray, has been really phenomenal. Your community should be very proud of the way you are representing it. It's really impressive, and thank you for that.
Thank you for being so clear. I have so many notes, and I know exactly what the next steps need to be, because of your testimony. We need to seriously look at Canada's bilateral aid to Ethiopia. We know that Ethiopia is one of our biggest recipients of bilateral aid.
In 2021, I wrote to Minister Gould at the time, and told her that we needed to stop sending humanitarian aid to Ethiopia until we could guarantee that the aid was being used for all citizens. That is fundamental. If the aid is not being used to solve the crisis, and it is in fact, as you say, being used to fuel the crisis, that is a very severe problem.
The other one is the example of sexual violence. When you tell me those stories of the sexual violence being perpetrated on Tigrayan women, I know that my colleagues and I get goosebumps. It is horrifying to hear that this is happening to women around the world.
That's where I'd like to start. From what you've heard and what you know, can you explain the war crimes and how this is being used? I don't want you to feel that you have to be explicit, but this is the situation we need to hear more of. We need to hear how women are being targeted. Women are being used as victims of war crimes, and I'd like to give you some more space to do that, if I could.